Exhibition of the week

Yinka Shonibaré CBE
A provocative encounter where Shonibare confronts Picasso, explores the collection of masks of the Spanish master and the debt of modern art to Africa.
Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, until July 31.

Also showing

Julie curtiss
Surrealist paintings with disturbingly exaggerated realism that linger on fetishized bodies and hair.
The white cube mason’s yard, London, until June 26.

Samson kambalu
Drawing on the cultural history of Malawi, this installation imagines an “initiation ceremony” for a new era of human equality.
Oxford Modern Art until September 5.

Breaking the mold
Rachel Whiteread, Cornelia Parker, Elisabeth Frink, Eva Rothschild and Barbara Hepworth are among the powerful British sculptors in this exhibition from the Arts Council Collection.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park until September 5.

Treasures of Woburn
The Woburn Abbey art collection is on display in this magnificent palace of Inigo Jones while his usual home is being restored. To see for the portraits of Reynolds and Bathsheba of Poussin.
Queen’s House, Greenwich, until December 31.

Image of the week

Colston Statue: What’s Next? at M Shed, Bristol. Photograph: Ben Birchall / PA

The statue of slave trader Edward Colston who was knocked down during a Black Lives Matter protest in Bristol last year has been on display at the M Shed Museum. Covered in graffiti and unable to stand, the statue will be on display alongside protest signs and a timeline of events. “The anti-racist movement is not about statues,” said Dr Shawn Sobers of the We Are Bristol History commission. “But the statues are a symbol of how seriously our UK towns really take these issues.”

What we have learned

Antony Gormley said the Rhodes statue from Oxford should face the wall …

… While Gary Younge says all historical statues should fall…

… and the overturned statue of Edward Colston was on display in Bristol

Murals, gardens and a statue of Capt Sir Tom Moore will honor lives lost to Covid-19

War Inna Babylon opens next month at ICA

Starmer Student Posing Might On Joy Division Dads

Street photographer Dawoud Bey gave a presence to his black subjects

Photographers Documented America’s Drug Crisis Nightmare

Artists shake up the Brexit blues in Paris

Artists ignore the high carbon costs of non-fungible tokens

The Italian artistic police turned the tide on the tomb robbers of Pompeii …

… while a Frenchwoman gave up the fight for Pissarro, looted by the Nazis

… and the UK has banned the export of a £ 17million Italian bronze cockade

Tom Copi caught Iggy Pop surfing in a crowd

Artist will pay people £ 10 to howl like wolves at Preston bus station …

… while Stewart Lee has offered to take over as Culture Secretary

The “Michelangelo of Middlesbrough” painted a million small cobblestones

Ellen Gallagher is inspired by the sex life of the coral

Mohamed Bourouissa thinks France has some catching up to do

Samson Kambalu clashes cultures in Oxford

Galt toys and CND designer Ken Garland were a political brand

Leonora Carrington’s Mexican home is now a museum

Huge new exhibition of Barbara Hepworth’s work has opened in Wakefield

Spanish photographers seek national archive

… while Barcelona said no to the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg

Ai Weiwei’s golden cage was on display at Blenheim Palace, Oxford

Engraver sheds light on the existential plight of moths

Australian artist Richard Bell uses his art for bold activism

Peter Wegner won the Archibald Prize for his portrayal of Guy Warren

A nighttime visit to an art gallery is the perfect understated evening

Masterpiece of the week

Galante festival in a wooded landscape
Photography: The Wallace Collection

Antoine Watteau, F.Ete Galante in a wooded landscape, c1719-21
Watteau’s heady blend of fragrant whimsy and sharp realism is unique. This genius of the Rococo style, with its flourishes, its flowers and its belief in pleasure, died young and left beautiful visions for centuries. Here, the melting, dreamy foliage and the blue undertone of a pastoral idyll grows out when one looks at the faces of the hedonists. Many are clearly portraits of very solid and un-idealized people. And in a truly surreal touch that anticipates the cinema of Buñuel and Cocteau, the nude statue in the foreground seems to come to life. Not only is she waking up, but her very human body is portrayed credibly, with no respect for classical ideals. Watteau, the first great French modern artist, shows his fascinating originality.
Wallace Collection, London.

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